Ever felt low? Then you’ve been blessed, haven’t you? … Monday, May 6

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997)...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); at a pro-life meeting in 1986 in Bonn, Germany. Was she a servant or ruler, high or low?

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly.” Luke 1:52. See what I meant by the title? Mary humbled herself, made herself low, accepted the role of a servant towards Elizabeth just as Jesus did for us all. Later she was exalted to a heavenly post that only God exceeds. Jesus and Mary are always our best examples. What they did is what we should do. Accepting the role of a servant, especially a suffering one, lowering ourselves, isn’t easy. That’s OK, difficult tasks teach us and make us stronger. If everything was easy life would actually get pretty boring pretty fast. How interesting would a baseball game be if every ball pitched resulted in a home run? And you knew that it would before hand? Not much reason to watch or take part in a game like that. And visiting others as a lowly servant wouldn’t mean much either if the one we visited waited on us hand and foot. Of course there’s the other side of the coin. “He has put down the mighty from their thrones …” If we’re to proud too serve God can fix that. I guess its up to us whether we visit others willingly or put God in a position where He needs to visit us.

Today … St. Benedicta. Mystic and nun. Benedicta lived in a convent founded by St. Galla in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great states that St. Peter appeared in a vision to warn her of her approaching death. This was in the sixth century. Now here is St. Peter, several centuries after his martyrdom, making a house call. If Heaven is filled with willing and obedient servants, and it is, then service never ends because Heaven is eternal. The point? Like Peter did in his lifetime and Benedicta did in hers we may as well get started now.

Quote … Mother Teresa said: “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.”

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